Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office moves inmates from tents

New Orleans, La. - In accordance with the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations and Hurricane Preparedness Plan, 298 male inmates and 134 female inmates were relocated to State Department of Public Safety and Corrections facilities out of harm's way.

These inmates are housed in the temporary housing facility or "tents."  The evacuation began early Friday morning and was completed at approximately 6:45 a.m. today. Our objective was to complete the transfer in the best interests of inmate safety and the public prior to increased traffic on our highways.  

Approximately 70 individuals have been released under the authority of the Judge's En Banc Order. Until notified by the court, the Intake and Processing Center is refusing to accept for intake, booking, detention, or other confinement, any persons arrested for violation of municipal and traffic offenses or warrants except those persons arrested on outstanding domestic violence or weapons charges.

"We want to assure the citizens of Orleans Parish that the deputies and staff of the Sheriff's Office are on duty and working diligently for the duration of the storm in the interest of public safety. We continue to monitor the track of Karen carefully. The OPSO is on a High Alert Status.  Our deputies and staff continue to operate according to the security and housing protocols outlined in our High Alert procedures. We are in communication with the City, the Courts, the District Attorney and other authorities, as the situation develops," said Sheriff Marlin Gusman.